As members or friends of St. Mark's may have heard on the news today, a vote to ratify the changes to our Marriage Canon failed to receive the 2/3 support in the House of Bishops, even though it did get 2/3 support in the Houses of the Laity and the Clergy. It needed 2/3 support in all three Houses to ratify the amendments passed at the previous General Synod in 2016.
Below is a message from our Bishop stating her position, and ours, on this matter. She states that as our Bishop she
'will continue to authorize the marriage of persons who are duly qualified by civil law to be married'.
As Rector I will speak briefly to this matter at services tomorrow, and will follow up in discussions with the Wardens and at Parish Council. If you would like to discuss this, or speak to me about what is next, please call or email the church office.
To follow other votes at the Synod, including the election today of a new Primate,
Also the Diocesan Mission Action Planning Survey is still open for your response.